Memphis to release photos, letters from James Earl Ray
Memphis, TN – Photos showing James Earl Ray, the man
arrested for the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther
King Jr., in a Memphis jail will be posted online by the county.
The black-and-white photos, which document Ray's incarceration,
will be released along with newly discovered letters Ray wrote from
jail and papers from his defense file.
Then-Shelby County Sheriff Bill Morris had the photos taken when
Ray was booked into the jail for the April 4, 1968, shooting death
of King in Memphis, according to The Commercial Appeal.
Shelby County Register Tom Leatherwood says the photos and
letters were found recently among old county records in a
Leatherwood says he will post the photos online Monday - the
43rd anniversary of King's assassination.
Ray died in prison in 1998.